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SigmaNEST awarded Autodesk Inventor 2013 certification

April 5, 2012

SigmaTEK Systems LLC has announced that its SigmaNEST® CAD/CAM nesting software for plasma, laser, punch, oxyfuel, waterjet, router, knife, tube/pipe, and combination cutting machines has been awarded Autodesk® Inventor® 2013 certification. SigmaTEK Systems, located in Cincinnati, has a global...

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Gema joins Graco Corp.

April 5, 2012

Gema, an Indianapolis-based maker of powder coating equipment and systems, has begun operating as a new business unit of the Graco Corp., Minneapolis. Graco is a manufacturer of systems and equipment to move, measure, control, dispense, and spray fluid materials for industrial and commercial...

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Steel Technologies to expand operations in Mexico

April 5, 2012

Steel Technologies LLC, Louisville, Ky., has secured land in the municipality of Celaya, Mexico, to construct a flat-rolled steel processing operation. The 125,000-sq.-ft. facility will be equipped with two slitting lines as well as space for additional equipment under consideration. The facility...

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Airgas buys Nordan Smith

April 5, 2012

Airgas Inc., Radnor, Pa., has announced the purchase of Industrial Welding Supplies of Hattiesburg LLC, a Mississippi-based distributor of Nordan Smith brand industrial, medical, and specialty gases and related supplies. Airgas bought the business with operations spread over 17 locations in...

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Reliance Steel acquires National Specialty Alloys LLC

April 5, 2012

Reliance Steel & Aluminum has announced that it has acquired all the outstanding limited liability company interests of National Specialty Alloys LLC, a global specialty alloy processor and distributor of premium stainless steel and nickel alloy bars and shapes, headquartered in Houston, Texas....

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LINE survey: Manufacturing hiring to maintain its solid pace in April

April 5, 2012

Although the rate of job growth will fall short of levels reached a year ago, hiring will continue in the manufacturing and service sectors in April, according to the Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) survey for April 2012. A net of...

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Cut-resistant gloves, sleeves protect in metal fabrication applications

April 3, 2012

Kimberly-Clark Professional has introduced two new products that offer protection in metal fabrication, glass handling, automotive assembly, and stamping operations. Jackson Safety G60 Level 2 polyurethane-coated, cut-resistant gloves protect against minor cuts and abrasions and offer a barrier...

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Orbital stretch wrapper secures oversized loads

April 3, 2012

Yellow Jacket offers the 87M orbital stretch wrap machine, suitable for securing oversized, oddly shaped, palletized loads while the pallet remains on the forklift. The horizontally positioned stretch wrap dispenser moves around and under a load as the machine is advanced manually across the length...

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Vacuum lifter handles large stampings - TheFabricator.com

Vacuum lifter handles large stampings

April 3, 2012

Anver Corp.'s new vacuum lifter-flipper handles large stampings and rotationally molded parts. Featuring an offset beam with suction cups for gripping a large tublike item from the inside, the unit is powered for flipping the item 180 degrees for placement onto a table or into another process....

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DeWys Mfg. named to list of "Michigan 50 Companies to Watch"

April 3, 2012

DeWys Mfg., Marne, Mich., has been recognized as one of the 2012 "Michigan 50 Companies to Watch," an awards program sponsored by the Edward Lowe Foundation and presented by Michigan Celebrates Small Business. DeWys provides precision sheet metal fabricating, machining, powder coating, metal...

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CGW names western sales manager, director of welding distribution - TheFabricator.com

CGW names western sales manager, director of welding distribution

April 3, 2012

CGW-Camel Grinding Wheels, a supplier of grinding wheels in Niles, Ill., has appointed Daniel Grantham as western sales manager and director of welding distribution. In this position, he is responsible for maintaining relationships with national and regional distributors and supporting the...

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A (re)moving story: Eliminating condensation - TheFabricator.com

A (re)moving story: Eliminating condensation

April 3, 2012 | By Erin Holaday Ziegler, Richard Oleson

Air movement is a cost-effective way to reduce condensation, create a more uniform temperature from floor to ceiling, and increase employee comfort and productivity. Large-diameter, low-speed fans, up to 24 feet in diameter, provide efficient air movement while using less energy than smaller fans running at faster speeds.

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Vessel fabricator bases hiring on attitude, not experience - TheFabricator.com

Vessel fabricator bases hiring on attitude, not experience

April 3, 2012 | By Tim Heston

In a 2010 survey from the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, respondents cited welding as the most sought-after, difficult-to-find technical skill. But at Mitchell's Specialized Fabrication, managers don't look for that experience. They look for someone with a good attitude, eager to learn.

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How metal-cored wires reduce hidden welding costs - TheFabricator.com

How metal-cored wires reduce hidden welding costs

April 3, 2012 | By Amanda D'Arcy

Metal-cored wire typically costs more than solid wire, but the benefits often offset the per-unit price. In reality, any consumable comprises a relatively small portion of overall welding costs; in fact, material and labor make up the lion’s share of welding expenditures. But in the right application, an increase in filler metal costs may lead to greater savings elsewhere.

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Justifying a robotic press brake - TheFabricator.com

Justifying a robotic press brake

April 3, 2012

Robotic press brakes may offer higher productivity and better profitability--much of which is achieved by running the press brake lights-out at top speed. In some cases, robotic press brakes can reduce per-piece costs by almost half. Still, robotic press brakes aren’t for every application.

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